Modern Times, Modern Places: Life and Art in the 20th Century (Paperback)Peter Conrad (author)
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'Modern Times' are explored through the cultural expressions - in art, in literature, in music - of the true conviction that we lived through an unprecedentedly testing period in human experience. 'Modern Places' are the locations that became the frontiers of modernity - cities like Vienna, Moscow, Paris and Berlin, new worlds in the Americas, and a preview of a possible future in Moscow.
Did it all happen too fast and go too far? Modernity was like a rollercoaster ride, during which the human race jested with disaster and delighted in the havoc created by the play of g-forces. But despite the dangers that were unleashed along the way, with the clear perspective Peter Conrad provides on a phase of history that has only recently passed, we are much the better prepared to confront the new millennium. By making sense of our immediate past, this book aims to carry us forward through the 21st century.
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Number of pages: 752
Weight: 1170 g
Dimensions: 235 x 168 x 38 mm
'A blockbuster of a book, a work which will inspire admiration and wonder ... writing with equal assurance about poetry, novels, painting, architecture, film and music ' - Sunday Telegraph
'Conrad is stunningly well-informed, compulsively allusive and equipped with the kind of imagination that transforms the base metal of contemporary history into pure gold ' - Robert McCrum, Observer
'Tells the story of modern cultural history with unflagging freshness, and without an ounce of surplus stylistic fat' - Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books
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